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After Hours with We Face Forward Toward the City

August 24, 2012

Wow, what a weekend it was! We were delighted to host the After Hours social event on Saturday the 18th thanks to the wonderful people from Toward the City. We had an amazing turnout of over one hundred and sixty people, thanks to everyone for making it so memorable!

We converted the Sculpture Court upstairs into a party room, complete with a bar, food stall, and a moving exhibition projected onto the wall. The awesome West African food provided by Q Café was all but gone too quickly, but we had a good time with friends and wine, listening to some funky contemporary Afro beats. Our dancers and drummers, Jokeh Sillah and Santa Yalla Arts (courtesy of Band on the Wall), put on some incredible performances with lots of audience participation. Check out the videos on our Facebook page here!

The gallery spaces downstairs felt completely transformed as the event rolled on – it’s as if the We Face Forward installations burst to life! We screened Democracy in Dakar, a documentary series depicting the Senegalese hip-hop scene’s influence in the general election – you can watch all of it just here. Trashy Bags set up their quirky wares and showed this informative promotional video. And, in spite of some internet connection problems, some of our guests were lucky enough to have a Skype chat with Assigue Dolo, our friend in Bamako, Mali, who kindly answered our questions and gave us insight into life over there.

We had an awesome time opening up the gallery for a once in a lifetime laid-back and lively night out, check out the photos!

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